Clear and Present Danger: Are We on the Eve of War With North Korea?

Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently said that North Korea's advancing nuclear missile programs present the most urgent threat to U.S. national security. In fact, he said they're a "clear and present danger."

"That is war talk. When you have the Defense Secretary saying 'clear and present danger' that is law talk for a reason to go to war," Glenn said Wednesday on radio.

The U.S. reportedly has three aircraft carrier groups off the coast of North Korea.

"Anytime we have ever launched a strike of any kind where the country is near water, we have had three aircraft carrier groups in the area. That's the only time that has happened in our past," Glenn said.

Consulting Jason Buttrill, head researcher/writer for The Glenn Beck Program and former intelligence analyst, Glenn asked about this telling move.

"Can you think of a way that this ends well?" Glenn asked.

"No, not at all," Jason replied.

Based on the language used by Secretary Mattis, Jason believes the U.S. could very well be setting up for a preemptive strike.

"We have not seen this kind of buildup except on the eve of war. And it's not good . . . it could change the entire world overnight," Glenn said.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: By the way, I don't know if you saw this: Defense Secretary Mattis said that North Korea's advancing nuclear missile programs were the most urgent threat to national security. In fact, yesterday he said, quote, they're a clear and present danger. That is war talk.

When you have the Defense Secretary saying, "Clear and present danger," that is -- that's law talk for a reason to go to war.

We have three aircraft carrier groups now off the coast of North Korea. The only time that we can find, that we have ever put three aircraft carrier groups together was right before the Gulf War. And before that, I think it was Bosnia. Any time we have ever launched a strike of any kind where the country is near water, we have had three aircraft carrier groups in the area. That's the only time that has happened in our past.

Hopefully, this is nothing to see here. But with that and Mattis saying clear and present danger, the world could change overnight.

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GLENN: Jason, can you give me an update on the aircraft carriers in North Korea.

JASON: So we now have three that are hovering around the Korean Peninsula. Hasn't been seen since every other time we've actually gone to war. Kosovo, First Iraq War, Second Iraq War. That's the kind of troop movement and buildup we're seeing.

GLENN: We don't have -- I want to make sure this is clear: We don't have three aircraft carriers in a region unless we're going to war. That's the pattern.

JASON: Historically.

GLENN: Okay.

What about the Secretary of Defense saying yesterday that North Korea is a clear and present danger?

JASON: Sounds like they're setting up a preemptive action to me.

GLENN: Can you think of a way that this ends well?

JASON: No. Not at all.

GLENN: Leon, when I was in -- when Pat and I were in Baltimore, we used to call the pizza places around the Pentagon. Do you remember this, Pat? The pizza places --

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: We knew that when the pizza places would say tons of pizzas ordered for the Pentagon last night -- this was before the internet or anything. This was like 1989, we knew that when the pizza places were delivering at night, we were on the eve or a couple of days away from war.

Any sign that you have seen that this is going to end really horribly?

JASON: It's extremely difficult to predict, you know, anything pertaining to Korea. You know, their thought processes are not kind of in keeping with our traditional kind of game theory is. This is part of what makes it so difficult to react to them rationally. So we hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

GLENN: We have -- we have not seen this kind of buildup, except on the eve of war. And it's not good. And it could change -- it could change the entire world overnight.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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